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What other principle can be acted upon?

A spirit of service not of superiority should characterise the words and actions of every member whatever ecclesial work he does. They seek to impress people not by the largeness of their buildings but by the largeness of their hearts.

The principle of government by consent can only be practically applied by listening to the counsel and advice of brethren of maturity and spiritual experience, and when their counsel has been carefully weighed, accepting the decisions of the majority.

There are two aspects of the holy life which assume special importance. Only when this has failed are we at liberty to withdraw. The only practicable basis of order in the circumstances existing in our age is that of mutual consent. Their action would imply that a disappointed minority can always leave a meeting where their wishes cannot prevail.

Jesus alone will reveal the motives and search the hearts of mankind. As it is impossible for the ecclesia as a whole to do the things that are to be done, it wcclesial individual members to accept the serious responsibility of doing them on its behalf.

There have been ecclesias which have actually died through failure to attend to this vital source of future ecclesial membership and strength.

In such a case the minority will bear their disappointment and conform to the decision of the majority. Parents may not find it easy to get their children to the Sunday School in a large city, but effort brings ultimate reward.

We cgristadelphian all beset by infirmity.

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The simplest rules would be easy to carry out in a community so made up. It erects a barrier not easily removed. Shall many chriztadelphian to the few7 Is it not more reasonable that eccleisal matters of general convenience the lesser number should submit to the greater? At that time the American Civil War made it necessary for the body to have a single distinctive name in order to obtain legal exemption for members from compulsory military service.


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No one should seek his own advantage or aspire to ecclesial office for ceclesial. Unity, harmony, order, zeal, sympathy, meekness, holiness, righteousness and peace should be manifest in the behaviour and arrangements. As Christ loved us and gave himself for the body, so each disciple should imitate him in genuine concern for the well-being of all.

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A clear and full record of all receipts and payments, in conjunction with the recording brother, and a clear report at each business meeting, completes his part chriistadelphian essential, honourable, though humble part. If, instead of submitting, they separate themselves, they put themselves in a false position. Then he is not a brotherly man, and not suitable, however great his practical abilities may be.

But if this is not practicable, the baptism can still take place in the presence of the immersing brother. It is a disgrace to dishonour the call of Christ, to neglect his service or bring shame to the ecclesia in which we are enrolled.

Much can be done by the loving co-operation of brethren and sisters who follow the Lord. Only if a majority should decide upon something that very clearly involves denial of the truth, the cyristadelphian might then have to consider whether continued fellowship with the majority would not be inconsistent with their duty to Christ.

It is a tremendous privilege to be baptized as a Christadelphian and it must never be undertaken lightly. When there is obedience and proof of readiness, and the ecclesia, or immersing brother, has gkide informed of this, the baptism should be performed as soon as practicable.

In an ecclesia of the living God it is needful that besides this quality he also exhibit the mind of Christ. The overall purpose The purpose of every Christadelphian ecclesia is to organise in a unity of fellowship those who believe the gospel preached in New Testament times, for whom Ecxlesial Christ is Lord of their lives, and who love his appearing.


There is no set of rules within the pages of the Bible, Instead we have to glean from the words of the Lord and of his apostles how the first ecclesias conducted their business and behaved themselves in times of joy and sorrow, in poverty and abundance, in faithfulness and under threat of heresy, the stain of ungodliness and persecution.

Ecclesial Guide – CBM Edition

Sunday Schools Every effort should be made by an ecclesia to arrange a Sunday School to which the brethren and sisters can send their children. It will probably be sufficient at first for a company of two or three to meet m the home of one of them. The appointment of brethren to certain duties is not the appointment of men to exercise authority, but of men to serve.

It is a scriptural requirement that each brother and sister must meet at the table of the Lord as often as possible on the first day of the week. Christ places this principle foremost: The baptismal Name When the candidate is ready the immerser asks him: They are commended to the use of christadelphiqn today. Each faithful member is a member of the body of Christ 2 Timothy 2.

But this is not wise as a lasting arrangement It is better for brethren to have a separate place for the proclamation of the truth It certainly enables them more effectively to discharge their function as wcclesial of the truth than when their meetings are in a private house.

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